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A tourist shopping street in Beijing, Tuesday, August 3, 2021. AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein.

On Tuesday, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) angrily responded to House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul’s recently updated COVID-19 report, suggesting the virus leaked from a Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) laboratory in late 2019.

“What the relevant US congressmen have done smears and slanders China in pursuit of political gains. We express categorical opposition to and strong condemnation of such despicable acts that have no moral bottom line,” said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

The spokesperson declared Mr McCaul’s report as despicable, politically motivated and lacking in evidence.

“It must be pointed out that the US side’s political manipulation of origins tracing has drawn overwhelming rejection from the international community,” they stated.

“As of now, 70 countries have voiced opposition to politicizing origins tracing and emphasized the importance of upholding the joint China-WHO study report via sending letters to the WHO Director-General and issuing statements. It shows that clear-eyed people over the world can tell right and wrong.”

“If the CCP wants to prove my report wrong, they should release the WIV’s full database of viruses they took offline on September 12th of 2019. Until then, I take their baseless attacks against this report as further proof of their deception,” responded Mr McCaul.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson then hit back with CCP propaganda that the virus was likely to have originated in the US.

“If these US congressmen do have a sense of responsibility, even a tinge of it, for their own people, they should urge the US government to release at the earliest the medical records of those infected in the unexplained outbreaks of respiratory disease in Virginia and … in Wisconsin and Maryland in 2019, and of US/ military personnel who fell ill during the Military World Games in Wuhan, and to allow a thorough international probe into Fort Detrick lab and the 200-plus US biological labs overseas,” the spokesperson said.

Mr McCaul‘s report states that Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance and the CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are among those affiliated with the WIV’s virus research. The Republican also cites how the CCP and World Health Organization (WHO) have desperately attempted a large-scale cover-up operation of the COVID-19 outbreak. For example, the CCP has detained doctors and journalists, blocked a proper probe into the pandemic’s origins and destroyed lab samples.

In May, President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to speed up their virus origin investigations and report back within 90 days. At the time, these agencies did not believe there was sufficient evidence to assess whether the virus emerged from human contact with an infected animal or a laboratory accident.

The Washington Times. (August 3, 2021). ‘Despicable’: China calls House GOP’s report on COVID origins ‘politically motivated’.

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